GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Haystacks Circular Walk

5 miles (7.5 km)

Although not one of the highest of the Lake District fells at (597m, 1,958ft), Haystacks was one of Alfred Wainright's favourites. So much so that he chose to have his ashes scattered near the summit.
The walk begins at the car park at the south eastern end of Buttermere and starts by crossing Peggy's Bridge. You then cross Buttermere Fell, ascending to Scarth Gap and then to the summit. The view is magnificent with Gable Crag on Great Gable and the western panorama ofEnnerdale WaterandHigh Crag.Crummock WaterandButtermereare also visible.
The walk then heads past the lovely Innominate Tarn, a popular beauty spot with an indented rocky shore and a line of tiny islets. Shortly after you come to Blackbeck Tarn, a long slender pool which overflows through a cleft in the crags. You continue the descent through Warnscale Bottom with views of Warnscale Beck and a series of pretty waterfalls to enjoy.
If you'd like to continue your walking then a stroll around the nearby Ennerdale Forest and Buttermere Lake are always enjoyable.

Haystacks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Haystacks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Fish Inn in Butteremere village is a lovely place to go for some post walk refreshment. The inn has an interesting history being one of the oldest inns in the Lake District. They do good food and there's a comfy lounge with sofas and a fireplace to relax in indoors. There's also seating outside with fabulous views of the surrounding fells. You can easily find it in the village at postcode CA13 9XA.
The Bridge Inn is also located right in the village. There's another fine garden area with one of the best views in England here.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east there's another fine climb to Fleetwith Pike. In this area you can also explore the Honister Pass Slate Mine. The historic site is notable as the last workingslate minein England and dates back to 1728. It's also a major Lake District tourist attraction with mine tours and the exhiliratingInfinity Bridge where you can edge your way across a gorge 1,000 feet above sea level.


Path into Warnscale Bottom - - 1027931

Path into Warnscale Bottom. This is the start of an attractive approach up Haystacks, which can be seen in the background.

The summit tarn on Haystacks - - 1258916

The summit tarn on Haystacks.
Photo taken in the spring of 2009.
The summit has a number of tarns. The highest is just below the top, generally referred to as the summit tarn but officially unnamed.

Innominate Tarn - - 1334303

Innominate Tarn. View towards Pillar. The tarn is a popular beauty spot with an indented rocky shore and a line of tiny islets. It is significant as the location whereAlfred Wainwright's ashes were scattered. He expressed this wish in 'A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland FellsVolume 7: The Western Fells' and in his memoirs:
"All I ask for, at the end, is a last long resting place by the side of Innominate Tarn, on Haystacks, where the water gently laps the gravelly shore and the heather blooms and Pillar and Gable keep unfailing watch. A quiet place, a lonely place. I shall go to it, for the last time, and be carried: someone who knew me in life will take me and empty me out of a little box and leave me there alone. And if you, dear reader, should get a bit of grit in your boot as you are crossing Haystacks in the years to come, please treat it with respect. It might be me." ~ Alfred Wainwright - from "Memoirs of a Fellwalker" (1990)

Blackbeck Tarn - - 1258795

Blackbeck Tarn

Green Crag from Little Round How - - 1258743

Green Crag from Little Round How

High Crag From Haystacks - - 119483

High Crag From Haystacks. On the ascent from Scarth Gap this cracking little tarn is passed. The path through the crags has been paved and makes an easier route up than the eroded path on the Ennerdale side.

The pine trees at the head of Buttermere - - 1746554

The pine trees at the head of Buttermere

Warnscale Bottom towards Buttermere - - 138430

Warnscale Bottom towards Buttermere. Looking NW from the footpath along SW slopes of Fleetwith Pike towards Gatesgarth and Buttermere with Buttermere Fell on the left.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Haystacks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)